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Resolve to Make a Difference: Become a Volunteer with the Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance & Rescue Squad

Resolve to Make a Difference: Become a Volunteer with the Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance & Rescue Squad

As the New Year approaches, many people make resolutions aimed at improving their lives. Whether it’s losing weight, making more money or finding love, just to name a few, most people focus on ways they can help themselves. However, others have made a year-round commitment that not only improves their lives, but also helps save the lives of the neighbors, friends and family too. These special ordinary men and women volunteer at the Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance & Rescue Squad and they do extraordinary things every day. And this year, you could join them.

To make a life-changing, and life-saving resolution, follow these three easy steps:

  1. Consider Your Skill Set and Interests.
  • Do you thrive on adrenaline, yet keep your calm in intense situations? Do you have, or want to learn, medical or first aid skills? You could be an EMT! We’ll teach you the skills needed to save lives!
  • Do you and your dog have a special bond? Become part of our K-9 unit! Our handlers and dogs are certified in all aspects of K-9 Search and Rescue including, wilderness search, water recovery, human remains (cadaver) search, and collapsed structure search. You and man’s best friend will do extraordinary things together!  
  • Do you have experience piloting different types of boats and related equipment? Do you want to help out during a dangerous flood or river rescue? Join the marine services unit and save lives on the water.
  • Are you between the ages of 12-18 years old and want to learn CPR and other first aid skills from trained professionals? Do you think you have what it takes to assist first responders during an emergency situation? You could join the youth squad!
  1. Determine how much time you can commit.

Whether you can respond whenever someone needs help, have just a few hours each month to spare, or something in-between, there’s a volunteer role for you. The Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance & Rescue Squad can help you determine how to fit volunteering in your busy schedule.

 

  1. Visit www.LNHARS.org

There’s much more information about how YOU can become a volunteer. Click on the website’s JOIN OUR TEAM tab and learn more about the ways you can help including answers to frequently asked questions. Then you can fill out a simple form and a current volunteer or staff member will quickly be in touch.

 

“Volunteering is a fantastic way to give back to your community, but it will also do so much for you personally,” said Chief Jason Strauss. “Start the new year right by joining our crew.”

 

“There’s no better time to get a fresh start on helping your community,” said President Don Huggins. “Ring in 2018 by volunteering your time to help others. The need is great and so is the feeling of saving lives.”

So this year, instead of making the same old resolution that grows old before Valentine’s Day,

think about making a pledge to the community you love.

School Bus Safety

School Bus Safety

 

As the school years kicks off, we want to remind everyone about some school bus safety. We have turned to the National Safety Council for some tips:

 
Getting on the Bus:
When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness
Do not stray onto the street, alleys or private property
Line up away from the street or road as the bus approaches
Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus
Use the handrail when boarding
 
Behavior on the Bus:
If seat belts are available on the bus, buckle up
Don’t speak loudly or make loud noises that could distract the driver
Stay in your seat
Don’t put your head, arms or hands out the window
Keep aisles clear of books and bags
Get your belongings together before reaching your stop
Wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your seat
 
Getting Off the Bus:
Use the handrail when exiting
If you have to cross in front of the bus, first walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the driver
Make sure the driver can see you
Wait for a signal from the driver before crossing
When the driver signals, look left, right, then left again. Walk across the road and keep an eye out for sudden traffic changes
If your vision is blocked, move to an area where you can see other drivers and they can see you
Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver signals it is safe
Stay away from the rear wheels of the bus at all times
 
If you want to see some more tips please go to the http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-school-bus-safety-rules.aspx
 

For Drivers the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has some tips on how you can help make the roads and buses a little safer for our kids. 

Make school bus transportation safer for everyone by following these practices:

  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
  • When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
  • Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Learn and obey the school bus laws in your State, as well as the “flashing signal light system” that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:
    • Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
    • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has plenty of more tips https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/school-buses. 

 

Congratulation!

Congratulation!

Today we would like to Congratulate Kate Moran, as she has completed and passed all of the training and testing for her National Registered Emergency Medical Technician Certification.  This class is not an easy thing to complete, it includes over 200 hours of training and several different practical and written exams.  Kate is currently the Captain of our Youth Squad and is entering her senior year at Hunterdon Central High School. 

Summer Time Water Safety

Summer Time Water Safety

As summer is in full swing we always like to remind everyone to enjoy the nice weather but be safe also. We have put together some reminders that we think are important when it comes to swimming or being around water:

 

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
  • Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.

If you would like to see some more water tips please feel free to stop by the Red Cross Water Safety Website.

 

We wanted to thank everyone for their service and going above and beyond to help us!

— Lambertville Resident